Rob Jones honored at LHS Annual Meeting
We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as The German Settlement.
Visit us at www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org and in-person at our Museum. We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement." Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. Plan your next outing to visit the Museum, attend our monthly events and lectures or arrange a group tour. The Lovettsville Historical Society offers research resources and assistance. Contact us at [email protected].
Rob Jones honored at LHS Annual Meeting
Our December 2019 newsletter is now available. https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=505152bd0e6e82e1cbc019d3c&id=036ee8a2da
Our November 2019 newsletter is now available, and includes:
Nov. 10 Lecture: “The Lost History of Potomac Marble”
Dec. 15: LHS Annual Meeting at Lovettsville Museum
The German-American Zweitürhaus in Lovettsville
Nearby events of interest
See it here:
When the Capitol of the United States was rebuilt after the British burned Washington in 1814, the famed columns in the old House and Senate chambers were built with what is called “Potomac Marble,” found on both sides of the Potomac River, in Loudoun County in Virginia, and in Montgomery and Fr...
Nov. 10 Lecture -- “The Lost History of Potomac Marble”
Next lecture, Sunday, Oct. 13: “Germanna 101:
Virginia’s First German Settlement”
Second Annual Tasting, Tales, and Tunes: Hiddencroft Vineyards, Thursday Evening, Oct. 17, 2019—7:00-9:30 p.m.
What we are losing, by demolishing the Community Center building
Annual Lovettsville Historical Society Fundraiser & Membership Appreciation Event,
Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 8 Lecture -- "The Shenandoah Valley's German Heritage"
Next Lecture: August 11 — Daniel Morgan: American Rifleman
The full video of our June 9 presentation "Growing Up Lovettsville," featuring the life and times of Walter Fleming, is now posted on our YouTube channel.
Our July 2019 Newsletter is now available.
Ethan Smith wins LHS History Award at Lovettsville Elementary
Our June newsletter is now available.
Our June 2019 newsletter is now available! June 1, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 For our latest issue, read it here. In this issue: Lecture June 9: “A conversation with Walter Fleming” Upcoming LHS lectures and events Heritage Commission proposal presented to Supervisors 1938 WPA Historical Inv...
Next Lecture -- June 9: "Growing Up Lovettsville:
When A Farm Boy Drove the School Bus."
An Illustrated Reminiscence
with Walter M. Fleming
Sunday, June 9, 2:00 p.m.
Slideshow by Becky H. Fleming
Rich Gillespie, Moderator
When Dr. A. B. Householder brought Walter M. Fleming into the world on September 26, 1929 near Elvan, west of Lovettsville, there was a farm depression going on in rural Virginia. There had been for most of the decade. In four weeks, the rest of the nation would join them. The son of Alvin and Leona Fleming, Walter was born to a hard-working couple who were farming Millbrook, the farm of Dr. and Mrs. William J. Mallory of Washington, D.C.
Growing up on a Lovettsville area farm, Walter was a part of an intensive rural life known to generations who worked the land by hand and horse, a multi-skilled culture now largely lost. American culture today and particularly western Loudoun society assumes we know the basics of this life—it regularly enters our turn of phrase—and yet the vast majority of us no longer do. Walter Fleming absorbed every bit of it into his very pores.
With the help of his son, Loudoun History Award winter Ken, and his able writer and daughter-in-law Becky, Walter has sought to record that hardscrabble satisfying life in word and image with his new book, Growing Up Lovettsville: The Life & Times of Walter M. Fleming. It is a memoir of rural Loudoun life, but a memorial to small-town life in Lovettsville and nearby Brunswick, Maryland as well.
Fleming will speak at the Lovettsville Historical Society’s monthly second-Sunday history lecture series at 2:00 p.m. June 9th at the customary venue, the inviting sanctuary at St. James United Church of Christ at 10 East Broadway (the main street), in Lovettsville, with renowned historian Rich Gillespie acting as interviewer and moderator while Becky Fleming illustrates her father-in-law’s reminiscences with projected photos from the family album. The program will particularly focus on farm life in a time of intensive change, something Mr. Fleming became very familiar with in his subsequent career with Whitmore & Arnold (later Browning Equipment) dealing with agricultural implements. Additionally, as a high school student school bus driver, Fleming will share his memories of school life at Woodland and Lovettsville Elementary Schools as well as Lovettsville High School (now the Lovettsville Community Center).
Those with long memories of Northern Loudoun are especially invited to attend and follow in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s long tradition, in which the audience becomes involved with questions and their own memories at the end of the formal presentation. Whether its adventures across the wood-bottomed Brunswick Bridge or memories of the August 31, 1940 airliner crash (Walter Fleming heard it crash and saw the results shortly after), presentations like this one refresh old memories and bring a younger generation and newer residents “into the fold” of the region’s communal experience.
Walter Fleming will have copies of his memoir available and will autograph the well-illustrated volume. Admission is free, but donations and memberships are welcomed to defray expenses of the program and to support the ongoing activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.
For more information, visit www.LovettsvilleHistoricalSociety.org or email [email protected].
May 19: Eugene Scheel presents his new “American Indian Map of Loudoun County” May 5, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 “American Indian Map of Loudoun County” to be presented by Eugene Scheel Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. Eugene Scheel has taught American Indian History to Loudoun County teache...
The May Newsletter of the Lovettsville Historical Society is now available!
Book Talk & Signing:
1777 - Danbury on Fire!
Presented by M. B. H. Hughes
at the Lovettsville Museum
Saturday, May 11, at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
M.H.B. Hughes says that her new book 1777 - Danbury on Fire! (Gatekeeper Press Nov. 2018) is for "children, 'tweens and historians," but writers and amateur genealogists may find equal inspiration. Although marketed for young folk, Hughes says that 80% of the books purchased through her are for older adults.
The protagonist, 13-year-old Joe Hamilton, tries to decipher which part of his family is crazy -- his pacifist parents or every single other family member, all small-town Patriot movers and shakers. Soon enough Joe discovers that the British are indeed coming, on a short and shocking mission against the Patriot commissary. The British that Joe encounters all act willing to give a boy a break ... except one, who is a little too familiar. Swirling smoke suffices to let all comers commit crimes.
1777 gives a clear view of the neighbor-against-neighbor grassroots world of the 1700s, where most of the population dread shattering America's new prosperity. Young readers follow Joe's peregrinations through a besieged town, while adults see the family implications and how extortion, lies, and moral suasion prove more effective than firearms when utilized to divide and conquer.
Snips seeded throughout the text are outtakes from old letters and documents, proving the truth of the plot's odd twists. Included are a bibliography and what happened to the characters after the war.
"All adults in the book are real people," says Hughes, "mostly related to the me."
As a former defense contractor, Hughes felt impressed by the difference between her ancestors' war and the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles that formed her work focus. Even her father's military career revolved around the horse in WWI. (For the horse-lover, plenty of equines gallop through the book.)
Hughes will intersperse reading with discussion about research and the author life. It took seven years for Hughes to complete her book, doing much of the planning while commuting 3-4 hours per day. She states that she "never felt disturbed by the length of time.”
She invites you to join her for wine and cheese after the presentation.
Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society's Lecture Series:
"The Historic National Road--
The Road That Built a Nation"
Presented by Triffany Ahalt
of the National Road Museum,
Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m.
at St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville
Tiffany Ahalt, the Marketing & Development Director for the National Road Museum in Boonsboro, will discuss the National Road, the nation’s first federal highway intended to expand and populate America’s untamed West. The National Road, which ran over 800 miles from Baltimore to Vandalia, Illinois near St. Louis, paved the way for hundreds of thousands of industrial migrants, whose search for a better life spurred economic growth and helped to unify the young nation.
In Frederick County and much of western Maryland, the National Road – also known as the “National Pike,” follows Md. Route 144 and U.S. Route 40 (or Alt. 40). Then through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, it roughly follows U.S. 40 – although travelers today mostly zip by on Interstates I-68 and I-70, paying no attention to the national treasure just a short distance away.
During the “Heyday” of the National Road (1810-1850), it was a primary east-west route and the gateway to the “Old Northwest.” During that period, many people from the Lovettsville area and “the German Settlement” traveled westward along the National Road, and their descendants can still be found in east-central Ohio, in communities along old U.S. 40. Mileposts, mile houses, inns and taverns, and stone arch bridges from this period still line the road.
Mrs. Ahalt will discuss the significance of the National Road during the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as its importance during the Civil War.
She will also tell us about the National Road Museum in Boonsboro, Maryland's first museum dedicated to the Historic National Road, and we will also hear about new displays and programming.
The mission of the museum, slated to open in early 2020, is to:
First, ensure future generations have an appreciation and understanding of the impact of the National Road on local, state and national history;
Second, preserve the historical and cultural perspectives of historic roads for future generations;
Third, to collect, restore, present and preserve artifacts through exhibits, programs, and special events for the local and nearby communities , and for byway enthusiasts.
The lecture will be held at St. James United Church of Christ at 10 East Broad Way in Lovettsville. The program will be followed, as is customary, by questions and discussion.
Admission is free, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.
Our April newsletter is here!
April 7 — Book Talk on Alexander Hamilton by Lovettsville Author March 30, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 Presented by Nancy Spannaus Lovettsville Museum Sunday, April 7, at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. On Sunday April 7, Lovettsville author Nancy Spannaus will discuss and sign her new book, Ham...
March newsletter is now available
On Sunday, March 10, we will hear the story of the Potomac Home Brigade, as the March feature of the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2019 Lecture Series. Our presenter will be Travis Shaw, public programs coordinator at the Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA).In the spring of 1861 Francis Tho...
On Sunday, February 10, for the launching of Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2019 Lecture Series, we will hear the story of one of Lovettsville’s most colorful characters, the businessman, trader, speculator, and politician A.T.M. Filler. Bart Hodgson, co-proprietor of Linden Hall B&B, will ...
Here's our February 2019 newsletter, hot off the press.
With a smile, remembering Russell Baker January 25, 2019 LHS_Admin Uncategorized 0 By Edward Spannaus Jan. 24, 2019–It was with sadness that we learned of the January 21 death of acclaimed columnist and humorist Russell Baker – but at the same time, it was impossible not to smile and chu...
On 75th Anniversary of Anzio Landing, Remembering Lovettsville’s Raymond Cooper January 22, 2019 LHS_Admin Feature Article 0 Today, January 22, 2019, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, will host a series of commemorative events beginning with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to mark the 7...
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"Reclaim Your Story." That’s the stirring call to action for descendants of former slaves at the early 19th century Oatlands Plantation, who are among an increasingly large number of African-Americans interested in exploring the family histories of those enslaved at that plantation and other sites...
The Cooper, Fry, and Scott Family Papers (housed at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, VA) include materials primarily from three families: Cooper, Fry, and Scott. The papers comprise approximately two boxes measuring 0.33 cubic feet. One box contains the manuscript collection consisting of receipts and correspondence from the estate of George Cooper [bulk dates 1816-1859]. The other box, housing the visual collection contains 133 items, specifically five tintypes, thirty-two cabinet cards, four photographic postcards, and 102 print photographs. Sixty-seven photographs originating from one album appear to date from approximately from 1910 to 1920 and are believed to mostly represent Scott family members. A number of cabinet cards have been identified as members of the Cooper and Fry families. Unfortunately, identities of individuals represented in many the photographs still remain a mystery.
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